Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a folder and a category?
Your hard disk has a hierarchy of folders, which can contain files and other folders. Similarly, your Shoebox catalog has a hierarchy of categories, which can contain photos and other categories. Categories are like virtual folders.

The key difference is that files can only be in one folder, but photos can be in many categories. You can organize files into folders by date, person, place, or thing. But you can organize photos into categories by date, person, place, and thing!

If you delete a folder, all the files inside it will be deleted as well. Because photos can be in many categories, deleting a category doesn't affect the photos in it.

Shoebox lets you browse your photos by folder or category. You can tell which mode you are in by looking at the Browse toolbar control.